People often ask me what the road to transformation looks like. They have imagined this vision of a yellow brick road leading off into the sunset.
In reality, they should be picturing a route full of twists and turns, hills and valleys, detours, and changes in speed (or pounds lost) that may even cause them to have to make a u-turn or two as they navigate the road to their weight loss goals.
As with any journey, if you start with an honest desire, create a plan and are prepared, you'll be able to overcome obstacles, stay on course, and successfully reach your destination.
Before you embark of this journey, it is important to take a self-inventory of why you desire to do this. Remember, you never HAVE to lose the weight, so don't kid yourself by saying that it is something that you need to do. Losing weight is something that you WANT to do. Never forget that. When you are on your 29th minute on the treadmill and your body wants to stop, remind yourself how much you want to be there! Think about the outcome and how bad you desire it.
Once you have committed to the journey, it is important to create a plan and have realistic expectations of the obstacles ahead. The obstacles are our triggers: the people and events that elicit a strong emotional reaction within us. They can range from something as simple as sitting on the couch and watching your favorite TV show, to stress at work, to an argument with your mother-in-law.
When we encounter triggers, emotions come flooding in and we are driven to turn to our addictions. However, we can use powerful tactics to navigate around the triggers and stay on course! Put these effective tactics in your arsenal of tools to navigate your way to success.
Random food cravings
Hitting the drive-thru
Eating out successfully (when you must!)
Make the workplace work
Avoid a social gathering sabotage
Eating late at night
Our season premiere will be kicking off this week! In the very first episode you'll meet Tony, who, during his journey, lost both his home and his son during our year together. However, he was determined not to allow his situation and the painful emotions of his loss affect his destiny. He never forgot how much he desired to be healthy and fit. Although he encountered some of the most traumatic events in life, Tony found the courage and strength to navigate through the storm. He persevered and created a whole new life for himself and for his loved ones.
One of the keys to Tony's transformation was learning and applying the tools and techniques above to his situations. Just like Tony, you can reach your goals and enjoy a more fulfilling life with a plan.
Tony is one of the most inspirational people I have ever had the opportunity to know and work with. I can't wait for you to meet him and watch how he navigates his way to an amazing transformation!
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